MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been permanently barred from Twitter

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been permanently barred from Twitter
MyPillow Founder Mike Lindell speaks to the crowd with Pulse founder Nick Hall at Pulse Twin Cities at U.S. Bank Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Adam Bettcher/WireImage
  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a friend of former President Donald Trump, is barred from Twitter.
  • He was cited for violating the platform's civic-integrity policy.
  • Lindell tweeted for Trump to impose "martial law" and repeated baseless election-fraud claims.

Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO who is a fervent supporter of former President Donald Trump, has been permanently suspended by Twitter.

Twitter cited Lindell for violating its civic-integrity policy by making repeated false claims about the 2020 US election and violating the platform's policy on misinformation.

In the aftermath of the presidential election, Lindell used Twitter to defend his close friend and suggest that the president impose "martial law" in the seven states where Trump was contesting the results of the election. He also tweeted that some Georgia voters should "go to prison" as a punishment for Joe Biden's win there.

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Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Lindell has long been a close ally of Trump, and on Monday he told the Associated Press that the former president promised to endorse him should he run for Minnesota governor. Lindell also supported Trump's baseless election-fraud claims and helped to fund his postelection "March for Trump" bus tour.

Early on, Lindell claimed his support for the administration led to "off-the-charts" sales, but more recently several major retailers, including Kohl's and Bed Bath & Beyond, dropped his products, citing poor sales.

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Trump often turned to Lindell for guidance, and at one point Lindell said he'd been tasked by the White House to find "good sanitizers or cures" for the coronavirus. Last year, Lindell was criticized for his promotion of the supplement oleandrin as an unproven treatment for COVID-19, a product in which both he and Ben Carson, then the secretary of housing and urban development, were personal investors.

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Lindell visited Trump at the White House on January 16 to offer last-minute suggestions on how Trump could subvert Biden's election and remain in power. A Washington Post photographer captured a segment of Lindell's notes, which appeared to suggest that Trump invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act.

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On Monday, Lindell announced he was suing the Daily Mail after it published an article claiming he had a relationship with the "30 Rock" actress Jane Krakowski. Both he and Krakowski deny the relationship, and in the lawsuit Lindell said the story caused "personal harm and emotional distress."

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